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Achoo! A Cross-Linguistic Look at Reactions to Sneezing

“God bless you!” In English, we’re used to giving our blessings to people who have just sneezed. However, invoking God (or at least blessings) after sneezing is not common across all languages. When responding to sneezing, other languages often use other themes, such as health, the weather, or nothing at all. Here’s a cross-linguistic look(…)


Top Spanish Survival Phrases Everyone Should Know

Spanish is a beautiful language, and learning it comes with many benefits. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you know that we can often be found bragging about the incredible destinations and activities throughout Spanish-speaking Latin America that deserve a spot on your bucket list. And–as we’ve been quick to point out on(…)


9 Useful Phrases for your Trip to South Korea!

So many people head to South Korea these days for business and pleasure that learning a few Korean phrases can come in handy more often than you may think. The peninsula is beautiful, kinetic and jam-packed with some of the most interesting cultural attractions and adventurous outdoor activities in Asia. Hikers will find South Korea(…)


10 Top Phrases for Your Trip to Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is a country rich in culture ­– in a land of differences you can find some of the most amazing animals (like the Oryx), as well as houses made from coral in Jeddah on the coast. The hospitality in Saudi Arabia and indeed in most Middle Eastern countries is hard to beat, so(…)


Top 9 Phrases for Traveling in Italy

Ciao Bella! Rome, Venice; so many beautiful places and so much amazing food! Brush up on some key phrases here! 1. Allora – Umm. You’ll here this absolutely everywhere you go and it’s such a beautiful way to buy yourself some thinking time before launching into the rest of your well-practiced Italian. 2. Scusi or Permesso(…)


Truly Epic Words and Phrases from Mythology

Have you ever finished a conversation wishing your words had a more lasting impression? Do you want your similes and metaphors to sound more intelligent? Then look no further than to the realm of mythology. With an abundance of literature stocked full of literally epic deeds and the characters who performed them, it’s the perfect(…)


Adorable words

Yesterday I posted about some despicable words – to counterbalance those, here are a couple of adorable terms for you! Word Spy introduces us to Skype Sleep: v. To create a Skype connection with a faraway partner and then fall asleep together. —Skype sleeping pp. Its earliest use is from late 2010, in the Urban(…)


Stand on the right!

It’s a little less than a week until the start of the Olympic Games, and Londoners are braced for transport chaos. If you’d like to help ease their stress levels, one thing will make a huge difference. That thing is standing on the right on escalators. This simple rule, which you will see on all(…)


California claims some phrases

When I think of California, I think sun, surf, beaches and fun times. I haven’t been there (yet!) but I can certainly image it as a place you’d have to invent new words for. And it seems my imagination is right – The Dictionary of American Regional English shows there are a few phrases Californians(…)